Behind the Sewing Machine...
Passion for Design and Sewing
Fabrics, crafts, quilting and sewing have always been a part of my life. Ever since I made my first outfit for a childhood doll, sewing has held a special place in my heart. I seem to have a God-given passion to create and make things beautiful. While I was a Home Economics student at Longwood University, I made a hand tailored coat with wool, which came from England, and buttons, which came from a store on G Street in Washington DC. Imagine that...a store that only sold buttons for people that sewed!!! As I have continued to fine tune my craft, I find a desire to design in the Southern Style, expecting a certain graciousness in our homes and a certain polish at our tables, which are firmly grounded in our Southern traditions.
After moving to Burlington in 1986, a friend asked me to make window treatments for her daughter's room. I made two balloon shades and several pillows and she loved them! She recommended me to a friend, who passed my name to another friend, and the chain of referrals began to flow and has continued until today. I officially started my sewing business in 1987 and word of mouth marketing has been my only method for advertising in 26 years. This website is my first public ad!
I specialize in window treatments, but am comfortable doing whatever a customer needs. I have experience in many areas, such as planning room arrangements and accessorizing, coordinating paint color and wallpaper selection, selecting and blending fabrics, window and bedding designs, traffic flow charts and fabrication of any custom fabric treatment or the home. I also have a tremendous group of subcontractors to cover upholstery, wallpapering, headboards, quilting and installation.
It amazes me that 26 years ago, I was sewing for grocery money while my children were napping, and now I sew professionally and have several talented ladies to help me. Thank you Donna, Gail, Karen and Stephanie for sharing your talents in sewing and for taking your time to help me meet deadlines and keep terrific clients happy.